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  • Combat Sports Enthusiast and Radio Personality Scotty Brilliant Discusses the Fight Game

    Known as "The Valley's Real Rock Station," WWYY 107.1 The Bone is one of the most highly listened to stations in the Lehigh Valley, Poconos and western New Jersey. On any given day listeners can find a variety of classic rock, hard rock, alternative, and metal music along with radio personalities Gina Crash and Scotty Brilliant. Brilliant, a lifelong fan of mixed martial arts and student of the sport has been featured in local newspapers such as the Express Times and on the cover of Exposed. The stories revolve around the fast rise of MMA in the Valley and the intense training routine young fighters must go through to make it to the big time. The outgoing and comical Brillia...
  • Patricia Vidonic Gets Christmas Wish in Rematch with Felice Herrig Tonight at Bellator 84

    "Little" Patricia Vidonic (7-3, Team Vidonic) is getting an early Christmas present, as she has been given the opportunity to rematch Felice "Lil Bulldog" Herrig (7-4, Team Curran) on Bellator 84, on the main card, which will be broadcast live on MTV2, this Friday, December 14, 2012. Just eight months ago, the two met for the first time, and Herrig came out the victor by unanimous decision; so when, less than two weeks ago, Herrig's original opponent, Michele Guiterrez, dropped out, Vidonic eagerly agreed to face Herrig. Vidonic was born and raised in Medford, OR, where she played highschool softball, and participated on the Olympic weight-lifting team, although wh...
  • USCS Amateur Spotlight: Larry Watson Brilliantly Fits the Roufusport Mold

    Wisconsin amateur fighter Larry Watson made a statement on November 3rd when he connected a fist to his opponent that resulted in a highlight reel knockout in his debut. The tone for a successful career was set early. Watson has an extensive background in amateur wrestling on the high school level as the Brookfield East wrestler finished second in the state at 171-pounds his senior year. He later joined the Roufusport team in Milwaukee shortly after graduating high school. Still just 19, the young fighter felt the urge for athletic competition after deciding not to wrestle in college; and the rapidly growing Roufusport gym just made sense. Catching word about the world-renowned trainer Duk...
  • Carlos Condit: 'Hopefully a few good fights and be back in title contention'

    Carlos Condit is a rare fighter, one who combines methodical planning and rabid aggression, creating chaos and capitalizing on openings it creates in his opponents. This of course, is his job, his workplace, the UFC Octagon. At 28 years old and sporting a 28-6 record Condit's experience belies his age. He turned pro at 18 - the earliest age allowed by law - and proceeded to smash the MMA learning curve. On November 17th Condit had the biggest fight of his amazing career, a unanimous decision loss to venerable champ Georges St. Pierre. It was a five round battle in St. Pierre's home town of Montreal.
  • USCS Trainer Profile: D Jo Jones of Momma D's Dungeon

    Meet D Jo Jones, a woman who defies description. When she's not giving nutritional counseling or conditioning sessions to UFC fighters you might find her out on the road taking a ride on her motorcycle. Perhapslike the one in 2006 when she became the first person to ride the same motorcycle through all fifty states, finishing in Hawaii. Most days though, you can find Jones at work, at Momma D's Dungeon at 5501 Acoma Rd. SE, in Albuquerque. Jones opened the business about a year ago to offer personalized and small group instruction to anyone seeking better fitness, but specializes in prepping fighters. What her students get though is more than physical conditioning. Jones seems to...
  • Russell Wilson Undaunted Heading Into Annihilation 43 Bout Against Prentice Ingram

    Russell Wilson (1-0 of Lovato Total Fitness) will be representing New Mexico at Annihilation 43 (presented by No Mercy Extreme Fighting), this Saturday, December 8, 2012, at the Colorado Springs City Auditorium, in Colorado Springs, CO. In what appears, on the surface, to be a bit of a mismatch, he will be facing Rude Effex fighter Prentice Ingram (6-2), as the main event. Born and raised in South Valley Albuquerque's West Gate, Wilson is a graduate of West Mesa High School, where he played several sports including a year of football (position of safety), 3 years of baseball and all 4 years of wrestling, under Coach Lenny Lovato, owner and head coach at Lovato Total Fitness.
  • CES MMA's VP Jimmy Burchfield Jr and Matchmaker Pat Sullivan Discuss Friday's Event and More

    On Friday, December 7th, Classic Entertainment Sports will present the next installment of what has become one of the Northeast's most anticipated happenings and successful promotional events. This one is set to feature Pawtucket's Keith "Sonic Boom" Jeffery and Chuck "Cold Steel" O'Neil in a welterweight bout for the northeast ages. I had a chance to pick the brains of both Vice President Jimmy Burchfield Jr. and CES Match Maker Pat Sullivan about a range of topics that touched on women's MMA, the last card, and Friday Night at Twin River Casino. Both Jimmy and Pat are card holders to a very tight knit group that makes sure the CES brand is operati...
  • SWKA Boxing/Kickboxing Championships: LA Boxing's Amateur Daniel Martinez

    LA Boxing amateur fighter, Daniel Martinez, will be facing El Paso's Robert Gonzales for the SWKA 185-lb Kickboxing title at Art Monsivaiz presents SWKA Kickboxing and Boxing Championships, which takes place this Saturday, December 1, at Zero Gravity in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Two other SWKA titles will be on the line, as Alex Lagutin (Judgment MMA) faces Mark Morgenstern (LA Boxing) for the 140-lb title, and Joe Rodriguez (El Paso) faces Carlos Juarez (Phoenix, AZ) for the 120-pound title. Martinez, an Albuquerque native, is an amateur kickboxer/cagefighter with years of training in boxing and kickboxing, having begun at LA Boxing in 2005, after he graduated from Albuquerque High Sch...
  • USCS Rising Star Spotlight: Team Jackson-Winkeljohn Flyweight Nick Urso

    Nick Urso will be stepping into the cage as the co-main event at Jackson's MMA Series X, this Saturday, December 1, 2012, at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, NM. This will be his second professional fight at 135-lbs, as he faces Silver City's David Ruelas (1-1). Originally from Chicago, IL, Urso (4-1 of Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA) and his family moved to Florida when he was still a teenager. Already accustomed to being the smallest in any of his classes, Urso had been taught how to defend himself by his father, well versed in old-school boxing and kickboxing, "my father is very knowledgeable, and doesn't train by conventional methods", who drilled it into him from ...
  • Raymond “Navalha” Martinez is Carrying on the Legacy of Mixed Martial Arts

    It is widely acknowledged that Albuquerque, NM, is a world-renowned "Mecca" for mixed martial arts, with world-class coaches bringing up world-class fighters. One of those coaches, Ray Yee of Albuquerque Kickboxing MMA, has been working to pass on the many martial arts he has mastered over the years. And what a list it is: Wing Chun Gung Fu, Thai Boxing/Muay Thai, Inosanto Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do, Judo/Jiu-jitsu, Combat Submission Wrestling, Filipino Kali/Eskrima/Silat and Boxe Francaise/French Savate. One of Yee's right-hand-men, Raymond "Navalha" Martinez, has mastered several martial arts as well, and not only those learned from Sifu Ray Yee. An Albuquerqu...

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